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Three Las Vegas police officers were justified when they shot and killed Erik Scott outside the Summerlin Costco store on July 10.

So said jurors on Tuesday after a coroner’s inquest that lasted six days and included testimony from 59 witnesses.

Scott’s relatives, who sat stone-faced when the verdict was announced, criticized the inquest process as biased in favor of police.

The family’s lawyer, Ross Goodman, said the "real truth" would come out in an expected lawsuit against the police department, Clark County, Costco and Sheriff Doug Gillespie.

Officers William Mosher, Thomas Mendiola and Joshua Stark shot Scott seven times after he ignored commands to get on the ground and raised his handgun, still in its holster, toward Mosher, according to testimony at the inquest.

The seven jurors reached their unanimous verdict after 75 minutes of deliberation.


Taxable sales rise

Nevada’s taxable sales just posted their best increase in years, but local retailers and analysts said it could be years before transactions return to their prerecession levels.

Sales of goods at Nevada’s stores and businesses rose 5.3 percent in July to $3.2 billion compared with July 2009.

In Clark County, taxable sales rose 5.5 percent, to $2.3 billion. It was the biggest gain since October 2007.


Deal, penalty for Willis

Tre’Von Willis avoided jail and kept his spot on the UNLV basketball team after pleading no contest to misdemeanor battery-domestic violence.

In response to the plea agreement, coach Lon Kruger said the Rebels’ leading scorer will be suspended for at least three games.

Willis, 22, was arrested June 29 after Skye Sanders, 28, told police he choked her during an argument at her apartment.

Willis faced charges of felony domestic battery, felony grand larceny for stealing Sanders’ cell phone, and misdemeanor coercion.


Superintendent tapped

Colorado Education Commissioner Dwight Jones was the 6-1 pick of the Clark County School Board to become the next leader of the nation’s fifth-largest school district.

Chosen over the Dallas area superintendent, Jones, 48, offered experience in managing large, urban public school systems.

School Board member Linda Young cast the only dissenting vote but said it was a protest of the rushed process, not a reflection on Jones.


Film star Curtis dies

Tributes poured in for Hollywood legend and Las Vegas transplant Tony Curtis as news of his death was announced.

The Oscar-nominated actor died Wednesday night at his Henderson home. He was 85.

Curtis starred in "The Defiant Ones," "Spartacus," "Operation Petticoat" and "Some Like It Hot."

A memorial service, open to the public, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave. A reception will follow at Luxor.


Pop star Mars charged

Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars was charged with a felony in connection with his arrest for cocaine possession last month at the Hard Rock Hotel.

The charge will likely net the 25-year-old probation.

Celebrity socialite Paris Hilton was arrested on the same felony charge just a few weeks before Mars’ arrest. She pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors last month and was sentenced to a year of probation.

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